01/18/2011 08:12 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jerry Brown Community Redevelopment Battle Heats Up

Let's pretend, for a moment, that the L.A. Community Redevelopment Agency didn't just defy the governor without batting an eye and violate the transparency codes of the Brown Act for a surprise meeting last Friday. Let's instead rewind to last Monday, when Governor Jerry Brown first proposed that California wipe out every one of its redevelopment agencies -- including the massive Los Angeles CRA.

Brown's argument? All the billions of dollars that quasi-autonomous CRAs spend and make off developers and property taxes should be redirected toward schools, police, firefighters, libraries, etc.

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